Talk and Beans: Christmas Special 2019

Episode #78 of Talk and Beans is the Christmas Special and Part One of our Christmas Spectacular 2019. Scott and Tom are joined this year by Jack to talk about more remixed Christmas classics, wanting a Garage Christmas tune, what it’s like to celebrate a Birthday on Christmas Day, Jack’s weird non-Christmassy picks for favourite song/movie and we also discuss the differences between American and British Christmas traditions.

Plus, We talk about why Love Actually is an immoral movie not deserving of Romantic or Christmas Movie status and obsess over Yorkshire Puddings.



VIDEO: All Points East Festival (BMTH) | Queue & A

We head to All Points East festival in East London to give festival goers a “Queue & A” about their favourite performances, the best food on offer and the festival’s atmosphere in our biggest episode yet. We also learn about the new “Festival mode” feature from Tinder, Attitude is Everything helping the disabled enjoy festivals, get into random conversation about the planet and drink plenty of beer in the sun while talking to a record number of guests including our competition winners!



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VIDEO: The Hu on creating Hunnu Rock and going viral

Scott sits down with Gala from the Mongolian Rock band The Hu to talk about their unique style and huge viral hits with the help of band manager Tuga translating in English and Mongolian. Gala talks about the heavy metal influences behind Hunnu Rock, their upcoming debut album, how the band’s first two music videos went viral and fans learning how to sing along to their songs in Mongolian.

Plus, Gala lets us know which Rock Icon he would pick to replace him in The Hu if he ever couldn’t make it to a show.

This interview was filmed in London ahead of the bands first ever UK and European Tour.



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All Points East Festival Ticket Giveaway (Bring Me The Horizon) | Rebellious Noise

Justin is back but he’s a bit too eager to present the Queue & A again and gets desperate for interviews as Scott tries to giveaway 5 pairs of tickets to the All Points East Festival for the date headlined by Bring Me The Horizon.

Appearing alongside BMTH at London’s Victoria Park on Friday 31st May 2019 will be Sleeping With Sirens, Architects, While She Sleeps, Employed To Serve, Run The Jewels, Nothing But Thieves, Idles, Scarlxrd, Yonaka, Lotus Eater, and Alice Glass.

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A look at the Undiscovered Live Music Project 2019

The Undiscovered Live Music Project is a songwriting and performance competition that happens annually in Essex. Run by the Essex Music Development Agency, I’ve seen first hand how the Undiscovered Contest can help launch a music career.

The contest has run since 2009, and is split into bands and solo acts. The prize is 3 day’s recording time at Brentwood’s beloved youth club, The Hermit, a single release, and a music video. I’ve been following the project massively this year, attending all the heats as I took the crown as the Undiscovered Live Music Project’s Best Solo Act 2018, and so have had the privilege to play the heats across Essex this year as a guest act, as well as judging some of the band heats.

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My journey with Undiscovered began when I watched my favourite unsigned band, Dead Baby Birds, compete around 5 years ago, but I didn’t know fully what the project did. In 2017, I met a remarkable artist, Katy Forkings, who is the Undiscovered Best Solo Act 2017, and seeing how well she was doing post the contest, I applied.

I’m not sure how my 2018 would have gone without this contest. It has given me the chance to work with a band, including Dead Baby Birds’ Sam Laughlin and Tristan Embleton, who have now split. It’s also allowed me to network with musicians and I now have a guitarist, Nicole who also performed in Let’s Be Strange, a band who reached the final last year and who are competing in this year’s heats.

Nicole (Lets Be Strange)

I’ve released my debut EP ‘Anaphase’ on disc, and my debut single ‘Accessory’ with my next single, sponsored by undiscovered ‘Time’. I have attended most of the Undiscovered heats this year. I’m focusing on the Undiscovered Live Music Project Bands Final, which gained its last band on the line on Saturday 23rd February 2019.

Undiscovered travels across Essex to find its bands with heats in Chelmsford, Southend, Colchester, Basildon and for under 18s, Brentwood. I’ve been lucky to headline these nights as the Undiscovered Solo Winner 2018, and have also been asked to judge.

Our Undiscovered Live Music Project Band Final 2019 will be held at Colchester Arts Centre and will feature the following bands. The Waterfalls, from Southend, who raised the roof at their heat in the Chinnerys. An energised performance with a strong fan base gave them their ticket to the final. Rolled Up Sleeves, from the Basildon heat, create sophisticated rock music and have a stage presence I struggled to take my eyes away from. Unit 33, from Colchester’s Three Wise Monkeys, have a strong vocalist and rock arrangement behind them. Children of the Fuzz, took the last win for the final spot on Saturday 23rd February 2019. They’re a funky band with a strong rapport and image and I look forward to seeing them again in the final.

Finally, our wildcard this year is Vivacity, who also performed at the Southend Chinnerys heat. An indie and current band with a lead singer who plays an acoustic guitar, unlike the other bands in the final. I really enjoyed this band and have since listened to their recordings on Spotify which I found to be beautiful musically.

The Undiscovered Live Music Project’s Band Final will take place on Saturday 16th March at Colchester Arts Centre and the headlining guest act will be this year’s Undiscovered Live Music Project’s Solo Winner, my successor, Chameleon who I’m so proud of for gaining her title.


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The Prodigy band mate says Keith Flint died by suicide

As news continues to come about about the sudden passing of Keith Flint we are saddened to hear that the singer had allegedly “took his own life” according to band mate Liam Howlett. It had originally been reported by Essex Police that the 49 year old’s death was not being treated as suspicious and fans expressed their sadness online as the band announced that the rumours that Keith had died were true via social media. A post that appears to have been made by Liam on their official Instagram account said “I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend” and went on to express his hurt.


A spokesperson for the Police said “We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at an address in Brook Hill, North End, just after 8.10am on Monday“, it is unknown who the person that raised the alarm was but it is believed that Keith’s wife Mayumi Kai was in Japan at the time of his death.

The Prodigy were still very much active and were scheduled to make upcoming festival appearances having released new music in November and were right in the thick of the promotion cycle for that album which adds to the shock for many fans. There seems to be somewhat of an epidemic in recent years of successful middle aged musicians taking their own lives whilst still in the thick of things with Chester Bennington committing suicide not long after Linkin Park had released new material and Chris Cornell taking his own life whilst on tour.

Our hearts go out to all those effected by this loss and we would encourage anyone dealing with the effects of suicide or mental health struggles to seek help from organisations such as Mind.

The Prodigy singer Keith Flint found dead

Police were called to the iconic singers home in Essex after “concerns for the welfare of a man at just after 8.10am on Monday” and found the 49 year old dead at the scene.

Essex Police remains at the property this morning and have stated that the death is not being treated as suspicious. (Update: band mate says the singer died by suicide)

The Prodigy reached the top of the UK chats with their hits ‘Firestarter’ and ‘Breathe’ in 1996 and would earn six number one albums to add to their legacy.

A UK based band that truly broke boundaries around the world from unconventional chart toppers to blurring genres lines with their huge influence on musicians from all walks of life.

A sad day for British music, Rest in Peace Keith Flint. Your anthems will live on.

REVIEW: Becky Black – I’m No Art

Having heard some of Becky’s songs live, I was delighted to hear that she was releasing her first album, as I had always admired her voice, and loved the songs I’d heard from her in the past. The album was started in Late 2016, when the first three tracks were recorded, and was originally meant to be an EP of five tracks. But it changed after Becky lost her father in February 2017. I was fortunate enough to be given a sneak peak early copy of ‘I’m No Art’, an album which is a tribute to her late father Martino (The album title being an anagram of his name.)

Throughout the album, you can hear Becky going through a range of different emotions. Nothing hits you harder on this album than ‘Warrior‘ the track which is essentially a letter from Becky, written direct to her father as he was dying, written mere days before he passed, you can still hear in the lyrics how hopeful she was that he would pull through. It’s one of the most poignant songs on the album, and a total emotional rollercoaster. This song is so beautifully written, and the raw emotion and sadness in Becky’s voice just bursts straight through. I would advise not listening to this song in a public place, if you don’t want to burst into tears. It was a song which reminded me of my late Grandfather. It leads beautifully into the track Strong, which is the song written to her father after he passed, promising him that she would stay strong. In fact, her last words to her Dad were that she would stay strong if he left her and she would keep working on her dream no matter what. I’m sure he is looking down at her with a huge, proud smile on his face at how much she has accomplished, since moving to London in April 2016 from Apulia in Italy.

The writing of the album is actually fantastic, it spans a number of genres and musical influences. There is a rock vibe to it, with hints of Paramore and Evanescence shining through, as well as pop influences too. You can hear in opening track ‘I’m No Art’ that there are some Paramore/Pink influences. It’s a very catchy song, which wouldn’t be out of place on any radio station. The opening of ‘Gone’ reminds me of the famous ‘Stairway To Heaven’, this brings out the raw brilliance in Becky’s voice, very Amy Lee like.

The more you get through the album the better it gets, and by the time you get to I Don’t Give A Damn you realise that you want so much more of the music, and can’t wait for the second album to come out. The final song of Dreamless (Sleepless Night) is a fabulous finish to a great album.
Overall, I think this is a fantastic first album, and one that Becky can be extremely proud of. In her native tongue this album is… Brilliante, Emotivo e Stupefacente.

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REVIEW: Mike Shinoda – “Post Traumatic” EP

Since the untimely passing of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington back in July 2017 it has been unknown what would be next for the band mates he left behind and their musical careers  from not only an emotional point of view but also a logistical one after losing not only a close friend but a vital member of such an iconic band. Some members of Linkin Park have had a go of music outside of their main band but none more successfully than vocalist Mike Shinoda who fronted the Hip Hop group Fort Minor. Most would expect that if anyone would go on to make music again outside of LP then it would be Shinoda and that has come to fruition as the vocalist has dropped a surprise EP that is in tribute to his late band mate.

Post Traumatic is a 3 track EP that solely focuses on the aftermath of losing Chester Bennington with each song giving an intimate insight to the mind of Shinoda dealing with the loss of his friend and band mate as well as the events that followed such as the memorial show ‘Linkin Park and Friends: Celebrate Life in Honour of Chester Bennington’ that was put on in Los Angeles in late October 2017.

Each track has been written and produced by Mike Shinoda and are accompanied by a music video, the first track aptly named ‘Place to Start is the shortest of the three and serves as an intro to this mini story. The song opens with a soothing singing sequence before speeding up into Shinoda’s rap flow that then carefully moves between the two styles for a blend that feels extremely smooth and is laced with sentimental lyrics such as “I’m tired of feeling like every next step’s hopeless, I’m tired of being scared that what I build might break apart” as the music begins to calmly build before an abrupt cut to voicemail recordings of friends offering their support and checking up on him. The video version shows a simple shot of Mike calmly singing along as the sunshine behind breaks through the room before cutting to shots of a child’s bedroom whilst the voicemails play over the top.

The second song ‘Over Again‘ highlights the wide range of emotions felt when dealing with the aftermath of a loss as the lyrics give an insight to the days leading up to the bands memorial concert for Chester You can tell that Mike is giving listeners a genuine look into the raw emotions surrounding that gig as he mentions rehearsing for a month and not worrying about the set but instead the fear of an unexpected wave of emotion with the line “I get tackled by the grief at times that I would least expect” and later again in the second verse when he reflects on this with “I almost lost it in the middle of a couple songs“. The second verse has a much more angry tone to it and once again adds to the rawness of the EP with lyrics talking about simply not knowing how he feels and the most candid lyrics on the song highlighting frustration surrounding the questions and expectations for his career “And everybody that I talk to is like, ‘wow Must be really hard to figure what to do now’ Well thank you genius / you think it’ll be a challenge Only my life’s work hanging in the fucking balance”. It’s a really powerful line delivered with such strong emotion that you can feel it’s impact and know that this loss has so many implications to those left behind from losing a loved one and not being able to see them anymore to the intricate things surrounding the bands career moving forward with everything from musical expression, finances, logistics, fanbases, branding and legal decisions all bubbling up behind the scenes. This line feels deeply telling and like a huge moment of opening up for Shinoda but it also serves as a tiny window into a much bigger jungle of emotions that can not fully be expressed. The song mainly focuses on struggling with closure whilst being in the public eye and it’s a really interesting track that ends with “Over and over and over again” repeating as the video spirals into chaos with inverted colours and shakey camera work.

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The last track ‘Watching As I Fall‘ feels the least specific as far as direct references to Shindoa’s struggle go and for that reason it feels the most like a single as it’s lyrics are more generalised and therefore may be more relatable to a general music listener. This would usually be something that I would prefer as relating to lyrics is in my opinion one of the strongest forms of relationship with music and is a driving force in genres such as Rock and Metal, but I found myself enjoying the first two more. Even though I couldn’t relate to that specific situation as much as I could a generalised one, things still felt so raw in the first two tracks and so unique that it draws you in even if you’re someone like me who wouldn’t usually look for emotional songs that aren’t generalised enough that I could relate it to my own personal experiences yet still feel it’s specific to me. Whilst I have been through loss myself and in many ways some have been similar to the loss that Mike has suffered, in many ways they have been far removed also and I think it would be the same for most people as we all go through loss but hardly any of us will deal with organising a tribute concert in front of thousands of people for example.

This song does feel like the most polished and so is the video which is a good ending for the EP. There is a lot of animation featured in the video and a lot more locations and stylistic shots used and this blends well with the range of styles used in the song especially when accompanying the chorus which I could definitely see being played live whilst a packed crowd sing back to Mike at the top of their lungs, it’s one of those choruses that just itches you to singalong.

The outro is fantastic and has a lot going on and reminds me of the Reanimation era of Linkin Park’s music just as the solo EP comes to an abrupt end which leads into a vlog style video from Mike Shinoda on the music video version of the song. The vocalist is laying down and speaking to the audience about general things such as going to the doctors and frustrations at stories of racism in the news and mentions that it is December and that the loss of Chester had been four months previous and how he is trying to deal with it yet still be grateful for what he has with the upcoming holiday season. The sombre video is a good addition to the visual experience of the EP as it shows a tired and calm side of Shinoda during such a hectic period in his life and really does cap off the experience that I feel this EP brings of capturing what the immediate aftermath of losing Chester Bennington has been like for Mike Shinoda.

All in all I enjoyed the EP, it’s a strange one as it is so raw and specific and really short but I feel the length is actually something that helps it.

Check out our special Linkin Park episode of the Queue & A interviewing LP fans outside of their 2015 o2 Arena gig in London.